Filing for Child Custody by State
To get your divorce and child custody case moving through the family court system, you must file the proper forms. Filing is when you turn in the documents to the district court clerk to present relevant information and schedule a hearing.
While there is no software program that can fill out child custody forms for you, Custody X Change software can assist you in several ways as you complete the required paperwork for your case.
With your input, Custody X Change can create detailed parenting plans and comprehensive parenting schedules. It can quickly calculate overnight totals and parenting time percentages used in figuring accurate child support amounts.
Use Custody X Change to print out whatever documents you need, allowing you to deliver court-ready papers to the other parent, mediators and attorneys.
If you are working with an attorney, he or she will take care of filing the proper forms with the appropriate family court. If you are filing for divorce, custody and child support pro se, or representing yourself, you must learn what forms you must submit, where to submit them and how to pay the filing fee.
These steps will help you understand the process of filing for child custody in your state:
- Speak with an attorney. While you don't technically need an attorney to file for custody or process a divorce, it's a good idea to consult with someone who excels in family law.
- Know the child custody laws in your state. Whether you are working with an attorney or representing yourself, you'll benefit from knowing the child custody laws of your state. Take the time to research child custody laws on your own and write down any questions you have.
- Access forms online. Many states now make their child custody information available online, including the forms necessary to file for custody. Access your state's online custody forms to take advantage of these resources.
- Complete the forms. Work with your attorney or contact the local court clerk to answer any questions you may have about your state's child custody forms. Make sure the information is accurate and complete.
- File the forms. Turn the forms in to your district courthouse along with the filing fee. You'll be notified of the time and date of your hearing, where you and the other parent will have a chance to stand before a judge.
After you locate the right child custody forms for your state, you must file them at your local family court location. Always contact your local court clerk for complete information on what forms you need and where to file them.
Select your state for more detailed contact information on the right courthouse to file your child custody forms.